February 18, 1937

OLD AGE PENSIONS ACT

AMENDMENT TO INCLUDE CERTAIN CLASSES OF BLIND PERSONS


Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: Old Age Pensions Act



That it is expedient to extend the operation of the Old Age Pensions Act to include certain classes of blind persons presently not included in the act. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I think I am within the rules in suggesting that the notice is hardly ample, in its description of the class of people to whom the resolution refers. I recall very vividly complaint being made formerly that notices of resolutions should indicate clearly the character of the legislation to be founded upon them. I think this notice is rather scanty. I merely raise the issue so that it may not be thought that I am acceding to a view which I believe is not in accord with sound parliamentary practice.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

Mr. Speaker, whether or not this is evidence that great minds think alike, that was my own criticism when the resolution was submitted to me, but the answer given was that short of including the whole bill it was difficult further to amplify the resolution. I shall be glad to give full information when the resolution is being discussed.

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Motion agreed to.


N. ROMEO BEAUDET


On the orders of the day: Mr. JEAN-FRANCOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata): Mr. Speaker, in view of standing order 119, regarding parliamentary agents, may I direct your attention to the fact that Mr. N. Romeo Beaudet, formerly a member of the unemployment insurance commission, and who is now out of a job, is canvassing members from door to door asking for a job, and I should like you to ascertain whether or not he has secured his licence as a parliamentary agent.


PRIVILEGE-MR. DUPUIS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. VINCENT DUPUIS (Chambly-Rou-ville):

Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege I would refer to the first page of the second section of the Montreal Gazette of to-day, where, under a large headline, I read that five Chambly Canton men were found guilty of perjury at a federal inquiry, and that their statement that the canal superintendent attended political meetings caused his dismissal from the service. Without going into the merits of the case I submit that this is not according to the facts, because the report of

the commissioner who presided over the investigation contains four accusations-

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

This cannot be a matter touching the privileges of this house.

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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

It is the privilege of a member of this house to correct statements which are not according to the facts.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Touching this house.

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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

I understand that there is a plan under way to show that federal employees have been dismissed unjustly in order that some provincial governments may feel justified in carrying out wholesale dismissals of provincial employees. I just want to cite-

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LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I do not think the hon. member is within the rules of the house. A question of privilege must be in connection with a matter affecting this house.

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INQUIRY FOR RETURN

REGINA RIOTS-COST OF INQUIRY


On the orders of the day:


February 18, 1937